22 great gifts for $50 or less

Sony’s new entry-level CH-720N noise-canceling headphones arrived this year and they’re pretty good, but if you can’t buy them (they list for $150), try the company’s new budget on-ear CH-720N headphones. The 520 headphones are an interesting option for the price. They usually sell for around $60, but right now we’re seeing them on sale for less than $40.

They lack noise cancellation and have very few frills, but for their price they have good sound, they’re light and quite comfortable for on-ear headphones, and their battery life is also excellent – ​​they get a moderate Rated for up to 50 hours at volume level. Additionally, they have multipoint Bluetooth pairing, allowing you to pair them with two devices (like a smartphone and a computer) simultaneously and switch audio. Voice-calling performance is good, though not quite up to the level of the CH-720N.

Note that there’s no wired option – these are wireless, Bluetooth-only headphones. The CH-520 delivers an overall balanced sound with good clarity. The bass has some punch but doesn’t pack a wallop, and you won’t get as wide a soundstage as you get from Sony’s more expensive over-ear headphones. But these definitely sound better than Sony’s previous entry-level on-ear headphones and even better than I thought they would. I tried the white one, but they also come in blue and black.

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